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Perry, Marrick win Wedeman Memorial 5-miler

Sally Marrick and Lyman Perry clown around with host Joe Wedemann following 5-mile event

    “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal,” Albert Pike wrote.

   Pike’s words captured the essence of what volunteers give to their community.  Each year thousands of Big Island residents give of their time, in a variety of ways, to help others.

   Numerous organizations exist simply to lend a helping hand to our community and to those who are less fortunate.

   This past Saturday the Big Island Road Runners held their fourth annual Emily Wedeman Memorial 5-mile run to honor a woman that gave unselfishly to the running community.

   “One of her biggest passions in Hawaii was volunteering at the fun runs and cheering everyone on,” son Joseph Wedemann said.  “She helped out with T-shirts at the Big Island Marathon and everything from registration to bringing baked goods for the fun runs.  I think it made her feel important and needed.”

  Wedemann was on hand Saturday morning and said a few words of appreciation to the BIRR members and participants prior to the race.

  At the 8 am start it was Volcano’s Lyman Perry jumping out to the early lead as he increased the margin with every mile.

   Perry, who is preparing to run in the prestigious Boston Marathon on April 19, was out to keep a sub 6-minute per mile pace with no one around to keep up with him.

   “I was just trying to get in a good workout,” Perry said after the race.  “I wanted to get in a fast series of sub 6-minute miles prior to leaving for Boston on Wednesday.

   Perry accomplished his mission and clocked in with a winning 5-mile time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.

    “This will be my seventh Boston Marathon and it is a home coming of sorts for me as my family lives in the Boston area,” he said.  “Today I felt good and strong, but it was difficult running alone.”

   Trailing Perry, and in second place, was BIRR club official Steve Pavao who finished in a time of 34:02.  In third was former Waiakea High cross-country star Tchad-Tu Henderson who clocked in at 36:02.


“I wanted to come out and do a race so that I can stay in shape,” Henderson said.  “I like doing a variety of fitness activities and running in races is a good way for me to stay motivated and have fun at the same time.”

   The battle for fourth was between 61-year old D.J. Blinn and estate attorney Paul Booth.  Blinn’s lean at the finish gave him the edge as the senior citizen clocked 37:12 with Booth one second behind.

   For the ladies it was Sally Marrack running with the men and finishing third overall in a fantastic time of 35:44.  Like Perry, Marrick found herself in a league of her own as the well known distance runner finished nearly seven minutes ahead of the women’s runner up.

  Kim Rojo took second for the ladies in 42:35 with Kamehameha wrestling and track & field champion Kaopua Sutton taking third at 47:55.

   Sutton later participated in a high school track meet at Kamehameha where she is one of the state leaders in the discus throw.

   “This is my senior year at Kamehameha and I needed to get in a community run as part of the requirement for graduation,” Sutton said.  “Now I need to get to school for the start of today’s track meet.”

   Marrick, who has finished in the top 10 of women’s competition for the Big Island Marathon for the past two years, enjoyed the chance to come out and run in the Wedeman 5-miler.

   “I ran this race last year and had a good time,” women’s winner Sally Marrick said after the race.  “It’s a nice chance for me to run with a few friends and socialize.”

   “This wasn’t my fastest race as I have been busy with work, so I haven’t trained as hard as I could,” Marrick said.  “But we do what we can at certain times of the year.”

  At the post race ceremonies the Wedemann family provided an assortment of refreshments to all the participants and volunteers.

   “I’m very appreciative to the Big Island Road Runners for keeping this race going in honor of my mother,” Wedemann said.  “I like that it’s a 5-mile run, rather than the traditional 5K (3.1-miles) as this is more challenging and something different.”

   Wedemann made it to the starting line of Saturday’s event after finishing his shift as a Hawaii County Firefighter and ran in the race, finishing in 8th place overall.

   “My running hasn’t been that good as of late as I’ve been nursing a pulled hamstring,” he said.

“But I had a great time coming out this morning as everything turned out perfectly.”


April 12, 2010 - Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. It is true that Emily gave unselfishly at these fun runs, but I want to shout out a big “thanks” to the Big Dog for giving himself unselfishly too. So much of his time and effort to the community in so many positive ways. Thanks for the Big Dog events, thanks for putting on so many great Big Island Marathons, thanks for writting all the articles, and most of all, thanks for being such a great freind – no only to me, but everyone you meet.

    Your the best !!!

    Joe Wedemann

    Comment by Joe Wedemann | April 12, 2010 | Reply

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